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Community Mourns Loss of W. Gene Henry

'I've lost a friend and the community has lost a friend.'


February 25, 2021

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W. Gene Henry stands in front of the Martinsburg Borough Building in 2011. Henry donated the land that the building sits on and built the building at no cost to the borough.

Martinsburg and the entire Cove community is mourning the passing of the man former Martinsburg Borough Manager Randy Stoltz called "Mr. Martinsburg."

W. Gene Henry, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at age 88, leaves behind a legacy of philanthropy that not only made Martinsburg a better place, but according to Mayor Richard Brantner Sr., a safer place.

"He has done so much as far as the community." Brantner Sr. said. "It's just staggering what it would have cost taxpayers if the borough of Martinsburg had to finance all that he did."

Stoltz said a resident "would be hard pressed"...

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